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Grand Design Hits Milestone; Builds 10,000th

April 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Middlebury, Ind.-based Grand Design RV Co. announced today (April 22) the production of its 10,000th recreational vehicle. According to a press release, Grand Design marked the milestone in just over two years since the first unit ran down the production line. Don Clark, president and CEO of Grand Design RV, noted, “It is humbling to be able to hit this milestone so early in our company’s history. We credit this accomplishment to our incredible workforce, our industry leading product designs,... Read more

SSI: Towable Sales up 9.4% in Feb., 13.4% YTD

April 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Retail sales of towable RVs climbed 9.4% in February from a year ago while registrations were up 13.4% for the first two months. According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc., results by category showed: • Sales for the high-volume travel trailer sector grew 11.6% for the month and 15.7% year-to-date. • Fifth-wheel registrations were up 4.6% in February and 10.4% for the two months. • Folding camping trailer sales edged down 0.5% for the month and 6.6% year-to-date. • Recreational... Read more

Winnebago Announces ‘Partners in Excellence’

April 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Winnebago Industries Inc. announced awards presented for 2015 at the company’s Dealer Days event in Las Vegas, April 8-10.  In its 10th year, the Partners in Excellence (PIE) award recognizes dealers with the best market share penetration within their basic trade area (BTA). Dealerships were recognized in market segments from both the East and West regions.  The categories are defined as basic trade areas with 99 or fewer annual retail registrations, 100-199 annual registrations and greater... Read more

Elkhart ‘RV Open House’ Slated for Sept. 22-24

April 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

RVs cover the grounds at Hall of Fame during last year’s Open House Forest River Inc. CEO Pete Liegl has confirmed the dates of the 8th Annual Elkhart RV Open House as Sept. 22-24, although a number of companies will likely be hosting Open House-related activities throughout the week of Sept. 21-25 in and around the greater Elkhart County area. Unlike other trade shows throughout North America and elsewhere, the Elkhart RV Open House – a spontaneous exposition that emerged in the wake of... Read more

Register Now for 3rd Annual ‘Power Breakfast’

April 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Registration continues for the 3rd Annual RV Industry Power Breakfast on May 14. Representatives from many of the industry’s key manufacturers and suppliers will break bread and review a series of fast-paced presentations delivered by local civic leaders, industry spokesmen and state and federal lawmakers representing Northern Indiana’s RV-building hub. To register individuals click here. To register a table click here.  Read More →

SSI: February Motorhome Sales Increase 7.3%

April 13, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

February motorhome retail registrations rose 7.3% compared to the same period a year ago while sales for the first two months were up 6.7%. According to the latest report by Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), Thor Industries Inc. was the motorized sales leader through February with a 27.3% market share, ahead of Forest River Inc. with a 23.2% share and Winnebago Industries Inc. owning a 19.4% share. Sales in the Class A motorhome market dipped 3% in February, but edged up 2.3% year-to-date. Thor... Read more

Winnebago Shows Dealers New 2016 Lineups

April 9, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Winnebago rolled out its 2016 motorhome lineup Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. launched the company’s new 2016 motorhome and towable lines today (April 9) at The Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas as part of its annual Dealer Days event. “Winnebago is the ‘real deal,’ and we’re proud to display the best and most comprehensive lineup in the company’s history,” said Winnebago Vice President of Sales and Product Management Scott Degnan in a press release. “With nearly... Read more

ARVC Wraps Up Successful Committee Week

April 9, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) wrapped its Committee Week and spring board meeting last week, putting the finishing touches on a new strategic plan and deciding to keep the board’s structure as it is. “The board meeting went great,” said Paul Bambei, president and CEO of ARVC, based in Centennial, Colo. “One of the things we all worked on in common was the 2015-17 Strategic Plan,” Bambei told Woodall’s Campground Management, sister... Read more

Go RVing Canada Strikes Chord with ‘Wildhood’

April 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Although the Canadian and U.S. RV industries are closely aligned, Go RVing Canada – an offshoot of North America’s 18-year-old Go RVing Coalition’s market expansion program – opted three years ago to develop its own advertising creative for promoting the RV lifestyle north of the border. And those involved in Go RVing Canada’s early April board meeting in Toronto report that their latest creative initiative, a video based on a “Bring Back Wildhood” theme released earlier this year,... Read more

RVIA: CDL Exempted on Delivery of Certain RVs

April 6, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) scored a significant regulatory achievement for the RV industry with today’s (April 6) decision by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to approve the association’s application to grant an exemption from the commercial driver’s license (CDL) requirement for drivers delivering RVs of a certain size to dealerships or trade shows before retail sale. “We are extremely pleased that the FMCSA recognized the basis for our request... Read more

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